WeCopwatch Cameras For Ferguson

$8,685 of $10k goal

Raised by 228 people in 25 months
Jacob Crawford  EMERYVILLE, CA
WeCopwatch has been on the ground in Ferguson for the last week Copwatching and connecting with residents in the Cantfield neighborhood. (the location where Mike Brown was murdered)


(Video)

The space is autonomous, and has been stepping up as a community to be able to host the large volumes of people who come to pay their respects, and to also have a safe space for those who are grieving. 


(Tear Gas, August 16, 2014)

The police have made this process extremely hard with multiple officer involved shootings through the week and daily tear gassing. In recent days, A State of Emergency has been put in place. Drones are flying in the sky, The neighborgood of Cantfield has been contained by roadblocks and police blockades.


(SWAT August 18th, 2014) 

There is a general consensus that more cameras are needed and with daily police attacks, it makes sense to to get them into people's hands as soon as possible.
 
We're in the process of getting a bulk camera order together so that residents in each building in Cantfield Neighborhood have cameras. 

Protesting will eventually slow down, but this is the type of mutal aide that is lasting and extremeley effective. 


(Tear Gassing, August 17th, 2014)

WeCopwatch is collaborating with people on the ground on this copwatch initiative, it is everyone's hopes that we fundraise over the next couple days and place our orders immediatley thereafter. 


(Muvi Cameras run about 50$ a pop)

Your donation is way to stand in solidarity with people who are under attack by police, and the sooner folks are armed with cameras, the better.

This Fundraiser was called for by community leaders in the Cantfield neigborhood. 

We'll be sure to document the order and camera distribution
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Update 9
24 months ago

Hey Everyone. We've Had Some Great Trainings, Copwatch Shifts, and Media Coverage This Week.

We'll be Sure to Update You With More Videos And Photos. .

http://www.ksdk.com/media/cinematic/video/16029573/ferguson-residents-train-on-body-cameras/

Trainings Are Underway in Ferguson
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Update 8
25 months ago

We Need More Copwatchers!
Not Cops With Cameras!
More Copwatchers! Not Cops With Cameras!
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Update 7
25 months ago

As Ferguson Police unveil their 53 new Police Body Cameras to be used at the public's expense, 110 Body Cameras are en route to residents in Ferguson to document and keep them safe from Police Abuse.

There are a bunch of handheld Cameras that are currently on the ground in Canfield and being utilized daily. We'll be updating you all later today with some on the ground video of how police have been entering the Canfield Neighborhood in recent days.

Representatives of Canfield are heading to Chicago to the National Lawyer's Guild Convention this week to discuss continued legal support in Ferguson, and then the following week in Ferguson, scores of Know Your Rights Trainings will be conducted along with the Camera Distribution.

Fundraising has been very effective and we have a little surplus which will either go to continued camera purchases for Canfield or be used for other neighboring communities that are self organizing and in need of cameras or Copwatch support.

We'll keep you up to date on unfolding events in Canfield with the police, receipts, and the continued distribution of cameras into Ferguson.
Ferguson PD Driving By M.Brown Memorial
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Update 6
25 months ago

Place Order for 60 More Body Cameras!
Ordering Directly From Muvi for 60 Cams
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Brad Schrunk
21 months ago

If you want to change things please consider this letter I wrote to a local talk show host . This will really change things. Dear Mike, I heard you on AM950 today, your expression or your dismay about the way things are going are certainly felt by me. Do you ever consider our efforts as I am trying to convince friends how misguided they are in terms of their views? A friend actually said “can you believe our pensions are being taken by the Democrats” I was astounded to hear such ignorance and I grieve the future of our country as the propaganda is so good these fools don’t understand what is being taken, they are true victims of Republican Propagandist Frank Luntz and corporate media. I am asking you please watch this documentary it is life changing if you know Orwell and read his book. This is the true expression of what corporate media today it hits it on the head, a home run a grand slam. Just watch the first 30 minutes from there you will watch all of it. If you want to know how to watch it fast use Ilivid to download files from www.youtube.com. It will download the file fast then you can watch that video at whatever speed you like using VLC. VLC should only be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/ The boys at the daily rep have yet to watch this video even though it is the Rosetta stone of the destruction of media, journalism and the truth in media. Orwell Rolls in his Grave (Full 3HR Documentary) Please post this on your website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_lYGyIaK80 I wish Ian and the boys would understand the significance of this documentary. That said it means nothing unless Joe and Josette Lunch bucket know how badly they and their children are getting screwed. I admire your efforts but you’re but it is like screaming in a cave. The only real way to change things is to have large donors pay for a website displaying one link to all of the great pages that are available and buy highway signs pointing to that website. Everyday morons listen to Rush and such rubbish the only way to compete is to get in front of the people doing what I’ve suggested. As I’ve said before unless Joe Blow knows the score nothing is going to change. George Carlin’s “Nobody Cares About You” is a must watch. 2:59 long this is as accurate as it gets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi6XV8yBFoU Remember history it was only the Muckrakers that changed everything, they had a platform to report from. That platform has been stolen and they have been SILENCED. After our last election it is obvious the Progressives word does not get out and I think the highway signs and advertising is the only hope to meld the internet to the people. Please watch these videos and I wish you the best. Brad Schrunk Shoreview, MN Some sites to think about imagine if Joe Blow knew these sites existed. http://www.theuptake.org www.projectcensored.org www.truthout.org www.truthdig.com https://www.freespeech.org/ http://www.dailykos.com/# http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian http://www.gregpalast.com/ www.democracynow.org http://www.am950radio.com/

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Shane Carter
22 months ago

Sounds like the police departments are going to set up response teams to block outgoing feeds from active conflict areas. Stay ahead of their efforts to suppress the information. Protect your media from electro-magnetic pulses and hackers. It may be wise to acquire the largest variety of equipment possible. This may include older devices not connected to a network of any sort. Can someone please setup a program to collect older devices as donations?

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Harrison Nwozo
24 months ago

Please, Please also do a Voter Registration drive!!! People of color all over this country need to Register to VOTE! Vote out the people who are oppressing you and Vote in the people who will have your best interests at heart.,...Vote in a New Mayor, encourage African Americans to become Police men in your community....Vote!!! Vote!!! Vote!!!!!

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Michael Hicks
24 months ago

This is awesome. Let's cop block Des cocks. Video taping these bozos is the only way the truth about the crimes they commit will be told.

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Terrence Arrington
24 months ago

Greg miller you sound dumb ass hell , how could Travon play judge, jury, and executioner when he was the one executed?

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Mark Legler
25 months ago

Trolls equate a camera with a gun. Guess it depends who's holding it.

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Amena Ighodaro
25 months ago

I'm glad the goal was met. Despite the negativity, which is abundant when people try to do what is morally right

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Neiti Nelson
25 months ago

I'm gonna contribute, this is INCREDIBLY important work. Very well thought out. I just wish there was an address where i could just send a camera, so i could buy one myself. Try to get a bulk discount since you are buying so many. Reach out to the brand, you never know maybe they will support this awesome initiative!

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Nandi Bornfree
25 months ago

For those with all the gripes who most likely are part of the apathetic problem that is racism in America, I guess, it's okay if whites do this? I hope so, because there are whites doing the same thing in North Texas: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26378581/n-tx-group-follows-cops-records-confrontations. Booo!

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Greg Miller
25 months ago

Examplifying typical black hypocrisy: When it was a "white hispanic" who "started" a legit NW program, George Zimmerman was denigrated with the insult "wanna-be-cop" and subsequently considered a "cracker" by Trayvon Martin. "Cracker" by the way is a slang insult meaning "acting like the police", The punishment for such a role in a program, is a beat down. We know this because Trayvon took the law into his own hands and played judge,jury, and executioner. The program referenced above has been attacked by over 200,000 petitioner signers and every single trayvon martin supporter, including sitting congressmen(and women), the liberal media,and the democrat party. In Contrast: Here, we have a black twenty-something male, David Whitt, who is beginning an illegitimate NW program, and he is being hailed and receiving support, over 50,0000 active supporters in the first week, and this photo going viral in support. [ https://www.facebook.com/CopBlock/photos/a.306193338188.151724.281961363188/10152635156798189/?type=1&theater ] I can't help but wonder....the photo claims the cameras will be used, to "hold everyone accountable", but what are the chances it will only be to hold "whitey"accountable? Will these cameras be used for, say...I dont know......ah, an easy example.....recording and identifying people at a peaceful protest who shoot guns at police , throw an incendiary bomb or device. , loot stores, stab people, fight? after all, the offenders are "not locals", and are devaluing the message of the real protesters and damaging their credibility......methinks we all know the answer here....after all there were cameras everywhere in ferguson during the "protests" yet none of us have been asked to identify anyone for the purpose of securing an arrest of a terrorist. In addition to the hypocrisy, I also had the following thoughts: blacks make no sense. constantly speak ill of police...."wannabe cop" is an insult, rachel jeantel claims "cracker" means "acting like the police".....blacks do not aspire to become cops...."f--- da police" they graffitti all over....even on a window at minnisota and chippewa right at the bus stop........then they cry racism because there arent many black cops. nevermind the fact crime stats suggest that a good portion of blacks cant become cops due to criminal behavior and criminal thinking patters....and other stats suggest blacks tend to lack the educational background needed to get a job as a police officer,,,,but lets #blamewhitey . Holder's people need help. they need to go to school(instead of saying doing so is equal to "acting white"), dont break the law ("street cred" is just a way of justifying succumbing to "peer pressure"), respect authority(such as cops who order you to get off the road), stop trying so hard to fit the negative stereotypes you claim are unfair(ie trayvon martin's basketball, fried chicken, watermelon juice from Arizona brand,lean, grill, sagging, use of slang, rapping, poses in photos ect), , stop having children at early ages with multiple sperm donors(tracy martin, mike brown sr), start getting married(martin-fulton, martin-stanley, and would have been martin-green) and stay that way-for the kids-not for your own happiness(of course I would prefer you be happily married)....get involved with your children's lives instead of letting them be either feral or raised by the government or aunties or grandma (trayvon and michael)........fix yourselves. whites are not to blame. look in the mirror.

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Debbie Purvis
25 months ago

I am thinking as long as the whole video is shown. Because I would firmly believe that these cameras would only be used to catch the officer after somebody pissed him off and then turn the camera on and then start filming. I would not even be surprised that half of the cameras would end up in a pawn shop window!!! A camera on an officer should also be placed as well and then let's compare videos. I will say this if I'm an officer and a white, yellow, green, brown or black person puts me in a situation to where my life feels threatened you damn right I would use force to protect myself!!!!! Have a blessed day!!

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Matthew Yost
25 months ago

I fully support monitoring police activity. Look at the change this has made in areas where police have body cams that are always running. Numbers have no bias. Instead of flooding with bias opinions there's easily a rational approach. Let's look at the negative effects of monitoring police, and the positive effects on society. I have come to the conclusion you would have to get pretty creative to find the negative, a lot of hypothetical what ifs. What if the guy dropped the camera and a piece of the camera flew into the police officers left eye, and he accidently shot a stray cat stuck in a tree. Or the positives the police officer acts in accordance with the law. This being, because he knows there's solid evidence if he were to let emotions, or racism and other judgemental behaviors govern his actions.

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Matthew Yost
25 months ago

Well you don't hear about that happening Jerry Wislon, give me one example

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Nikos Cintron
25 months ago

Megan, get bent. Jacob, keep being awesome.

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Jadeite Periodite
25 months ago

This is a wonderful idea for not only this community but for all communities.

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Megan Easterling
25 months ago

Great job! The ONLY thing you can do is point fingers? That also helps.

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Freddie Knapp
25 months ago

amazingly enough, Megan supports a fundme account for an injured dog. what about the homeless? LOL

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Freddie Knapp
25 months ago

Megan, where is your account for raising money for these issues you care so deeply about?

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Megan Easterling
25 months ago

Too bad you aren't collecting funds for local schools, the homeless or the mentally ill. Videotaping cops is TOTALLY what's important in a community.

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Megan Easterling
25 months ago

If you take care of the issues (poverty, lack of education, the need for therapy or meds for the mentally ill) the need for cop watching would be a moot point. Improve lives. Don't video tape the shit storm.

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Brad Schrunk
21 months ago

If you want to change things please consider this letter I wrote to a local talk show host . This will really change things. Dear Mike, I heard you on AM950 today, your expression or your dismay about the way things are going are certainly felt by me. Do you ever consider our efforts as I am trying to convince friends how misguided they are in terms of their views? A friend actually said “can you believe our pensions are being taken by the Democrats” I was astounded to hear such ignorance and I grieve the future of our country as the propaganda is so good these fools don’t understand what is being taken, they are true victims of Republican Propagandist Frank Luntz and corporate media. I am asking you please watch this documentary it is life changing if you know Orwell and read his book. This is the true expression of what corporate media today it hits it on the head, a home run a grand slam. Just watch the first 30 minutes from there you will watch all of it. If you want to know how to watch it fast use Ilivid to download files from www.youtube.com. It will download the file fast then you can watch that video at whatever speed you like using VLC. VLC should only be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/ The boys at the daily rep have yet to watch this video even though it is the Rosetta stone of the destruction of media, journalism and the truth in media. Orwell Rolls in his Grave (Full 3HR Documentary) Please post this on your website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_lYGyIaK80 I wish Ian and the boys would understand the significance of this documentary. That said it means nothing unless Joe and Josette Lunch bucket know how badly they and their children are getting screwed. I admire your efforts but you’re but it is like screaming in a cave. The only real way to change things is to have large donors pay for a website displaying one link to all of the great pages that are available and buy highway signs pointing to that website. Everyday morons listen to Rush and such rubbish the only way to compete is to get in front of the people doing what I’ve suggested. As I’ve said before unless Joe Blow knows the score nothing is going to change. George Carlin’s “Nobody Cares About You” is a must watch. 2:59 long this is as accurate as it gets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yi6XV8yBFoU Remember history it was only the Muckrakers that changed everything, they had a platform to report from. That platform has been stolen and they have been SILENCED. After our last election it is obvious the Progressives word does not get out and I think the highway signs and advertising is the only hope to meld the internet to the people. Please watch these videos and I wish you the best. Brad Schrunk Shoreview, MN Some sites to think about imagine if Joe Blow knew these sites existed. http://www.theuptake.org www.projectcensored.org www.truthout.org www.truthdig.com https://www.freespeech.org/ http://www.dailykos.com/# http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian http://www.gregpalast.com/ www.democracynow.org http://www.am950radio.com/

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Shane Carter
22 months ago

Sounds like the police departments are going to set up response teams to block outgoing feeds from active conflict areas. Stay ahead of their efforts to suppress the information. Protect your media from electro-magnetic pulses and hackers. It may be wise to acquire the largest variety of equipment possible. This may include older devices not connected to a network of any sort. Can someone please setup a program to collect older devices as donations?

+ Read More
Harrison Nwozo
24 months ago

Please, Please also do a Voter Registration drive!!! People of color all over this country need to Register to VOTE! Vote out the people who are oppressing you and Vote in the people who will have your best interests at heart.,...Vote in a New Mayor, encourage African Americans to become Police men in your community....Vote!!! Vote!!! Vote!!!!!

+ Read More
Michael Hicks
24 months ago

This is awesome. Let's cop block Des cocks. Video taping these bozos is the only way the truth about the crimes they commit will be told.

+ Read More
Terrence Arrington
24 months ago

Greg miller you sound dumb ass hell , how could Travon play judge, jury, and executioner when he was the one executed?

+ Read More
Mark Legler
25 months ago

Trolls equate a camera with a gun. Guess it depends who's holding it.

+ Read More
Amena Ighodaro
25 months ago

I'm glad the goal was met. Despite the negativity, which is abundant when people try to do what is morally right

+ Read More
Neiti Nelson
25 months ago

I'm gonna contribute, this is INCREDIBLY important work. Very well thought out. I just wish there was an address where i could just send a camera, so i could buy one myself. Try to get a bulk discount since you are buying so many. Reach out to the brand, you never know maybe they will support this awesome initiative!

+ Read More
Nandi Bornfree
25 months ago

For those with all the gripes who most likely are part of the apathetic problem that is racism in America, I guess, it's okay if whites do this? I hope so, because there are whites doing the same thing in North Texas: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/26378581/n-tx-group-follows-cops-records-confrontations. Booo!

+ Read More
Greg Miller
25 months ago

Examplifying typical black hypocrisy: When it was a "white hispanic" who "started" a legit NW program, George Zimmerman was denigrated with the insult "wanna-be-cop" and subsequently considered a "cracker" by Trayvon Martin. "Cracker" by the way is a slang insult meaning "acting like the police", The punishment for such a role in a program, is a beat down. We know this because Trayvon took the law into his own hands and played judge,jury, and executioner. The program referenced above has been attacked by over 200,000 petitioner signers and every single trayvon martin supporter, including sitting congressmen(and women), the liberal media,and the democrat party. In Contrast: Here, we have a black twenty-something male, David Whitt, who is beginning an illegitimate NW program, and he is being hailed and receiving support, over 50,0000 active supporters in the first week, and this photo going viral in support. [ https://www.facebook.com/CopBlock/photos/a.306193338188.151724.281961363188/10152635156798189/?type=1&theater ] I can't help but wonder....the photo claims the cameras will be used, to "hold everyone accountable", but what are the chances it will only be to hold "whitey"accountable? Will these cameras be used for, say...I dont know......ah, an easy example.....recording and identifying people at a peaceful protest who shoot guns at police , throw an incendiary bomb or device. , loot stores, stab people, fight? after all, the offenders are "not locals", and are devaluing the message of the real protesters and damaging their credibility......methinks we all know the answer here....after all there were cameras everywhere in ferguson during the "protests" yet none of us have been asked to identify anyone for the purpose of securing an arrest of a terrorist. In addition to the hypocrisy, I also had the following thoughts: blacks make no sense. constantly speak ill of police...."wannabe cop" is an insult, rachel jeantel claims "cracker" means "acting like the police".....blacks do not aspire to become cops...."f--- da police" they graffitti all over....even on a window at minnisota and chippewa right at the bus stop........then they cry racism because there arent many black cops. nevermind the fact crime stats suggest that a good portion of blacks cant become cops due to criminal behavior and criminal thinking patters....and other stats suggest blacks tend to lack the educational background needed to get a job as a police officer,,,,but lets #blamewhitey . Holder's people need help. they need to go to school(instead of saying doing so is equal to "acting white"), dont break the law ("street cred" is just a way of justifying succumbing to "peer pressure"), respect authority(such as cops who order you to get off the road), stop trying so hard to fit the negative stereotypes you claim are unfair(ie trayvon martin's basketball, fried chicken, watermelon juice from Arizona brand,lean, grill, sagging, use of slang, rapping, poses in photos ect), , stop having children at early ages with multiple sperm donors(tracy martin, mike brown sr), start getting married(martin-fulton, martin-stanley, and would have been martin-green) and stay that way-for the kids-not for your own happiness(of course I would prefer you be happily married)....get involved with your children's lives instead of letting them be either feral or raised by the government or aunties or grandma (trayvon and michael)........fix yourselves. whites are not to blame. look in the mirror.

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Debbie Purvis
25 months ago

I am thinking as long as the whole video is shown. Because I would firmly believe that these cameras would only be used to catch the officer after somebody pissed him off and then turn the camera on and then start filming. I would not even be surprised that half of the cameras would end up in a pawn shop window!!! A camera on an officer should also be placed as well and then let's compare videos. I will say this if I'm an officer and a white, yellow, green, brown or black person puts me in a situation to where my life feels threatened you damn right I would use force to protect myself!!!!! Have a blessed day!!

+ Read More
Matthew Yost
25 months ago

I fully support monitoring police activity. Look at the change this has made in areas where police have body cams that are always running. Numbers have no bias. Instead of flooding with bias opinions there's easily a rational approach. Let's look at the negative effects of monitoring police, and the positive effects on society. I have come to the conclusion you would have to get pretty creative to find the negative, a lot of hypothetical what ifs. What if the guy dropped the camera and a piece of the camera flew into the police officers left eye, and he accidently shot a stray cat stuck in a tree. Or the positives the police officer acts in accordance with the law. This being, because he knows there's solid evidence if he were to let emotions, or racism and other judgemental behaviors govern his actions.

+ Read More
Matthew Yost
25 months ago

Well you don't hear about that happening Jerry Wislon, give me one example

+ Read More
Nikos Cintron
25 months ago

Megan, get bent. Jacob, keep being awesome.

+ Read More
Jadeite Periodite
25 months ago

This is a wonderful idea for not only this community but for all communities.

+ Read More
Megan Easterling
25 months ago

Great job! The ONLY thing you can do is point fingers? That also helps.

+ Read More
Freddie Knapp
25 months ago

amazingly enough, Megan supports a fundme account for an injured dog. what about the homeless? LOL

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Freddie Knapp
25 months ago

Megan, where is your account for raising money for these issues you care so deeply about?

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Megan Easterling
25 months ago

Too bad you aren't collecting funds for local schools, the homeless or the mentally ill. Videotaping cops is TOTALLY what's important in a community.

+ Read More
Megan Easterling
25 months ago

If you take care of the issues (poverty, lack of education, the need for therapy or meds for the mentally ill) the need for cop watching would be a moot point. Improve lives. Don't video tape the shit storm.

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